Find out here who is in KIPA's executive board, who is in charge of communication and education-related activities and also which members have been active in recent years. Furthermore, some of KIPA's alumni describe how KIPA has influenced their careers.
Becoming a member
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Executive board and secretariat
My research investigates the impact of physical health conditions (such as traumatic brain injury and autoimmunity) on the risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Kai-Yuan: "I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics since November 2022. Originally from Taiwan, I have a background in clinical medicine and social epidemiology and am currently studying the environmental risk factors of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. As the president, my main duty is the coordination and management of the KIPA board and representing KIPA externally on university, nationwide, and European platforms. You are welcome to contact me with any questions regarding KIPA!"
Ahlem ZaghmiVice-Chair for Advocacy and Representation
My principal scientific goal is to develop and identify better therapies for cancer. My research combines biochemistry with cellular biology and molecular pharmacology.
Ahlem: "I joined KIPA as a Vice Chair for Advocacy and Representation in January 2023. Together with an amazing team, we oversee designing, distributing, and analyzing the KIPA annual survey. We aim to ensure better working conditions and institutional representation for KI postdocs. I am also one of KI's representative to the Swedish National Postdoc Association (SNPA) and work on advocating for Postdoc issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Besides being an active member of KIPA, I am doing my Postdoc in the Department of Medicine at Per-Johan Jakobsson’s lab.
If you wish to be part of this fantastic working group and shape the environment for postdocs for years to come, please feel free to contact me."
Luca AndronicoVice-Chair for Professional Development
Luca: "I am a postdoc in Sezgin’s lab (CSI:Nanolab) at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (KBH) since March 2021. My research is focused on understanding the correlation between remodelling of cell’s biophysical properties and diseases/dysfunctional states. As part of the Professional Development team at KIPA, I work together with the other members to help postdocs (but not only) moving forward in their professional career, either inside or outside the academia. Thus, we coordinate with the Career Service Office at KI to organize events which brings together people from the KI community and the private sector."
Martina BonattiVice-Chair Community Building
My research integrates the use of bioinformatic tools with biological knowledge to better understand and characterise the mechanisms of chronic lung diseases and find appropriate solutions.
Martina: ''I am a post-doc in Åsa Wheelock's "Pulmonomics" lab at the Department of Medicine in Solna since March 2022. In my job, I try to figure out how chronic lung diseases work on a biological level using omics data. As Vice Chair for Community Building, I manage and coordinate events that promote a sense of community among KI's postdocs. Being a postdoc is sometimes hard, so as KIPA, we would like to provide opportunities for you to meet new people, share your experiences, and enjoy the social life in Stockholm. Being happy and satisfied is a great way to boost your scientific productivity! Contact me for any questions!''
Sadia MonzurDiversity an Inclusion Officer
Sadia: "I am a post-doctoral in Jonas Fuxe group since August 2022, Division of Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine. My studies here focus on EMT based biomarkers for diagnosis of breast cancer. I am also investigating iPS derived cancer stem cell model to explore how cellular plasticity contributes to the tumour microenvironment. As a KIPA Diversity and Inclusion officer I am taking in the role for promoting good relationship and practices towards the international research community."
Hazel Xiaohui AngCommunications Manager
My research combines biochemistry with high-throughput pharmacological and genetic screening approaches, to understand the regulation of aging at molecular and mechanistic resolution.
Hazel: ''I am a post doc in Christian Riedel’s lab at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition since May 2021. I study aging biology while searching for aging-preventive interventions. As a communications manager at KIPA, I manage our newsletters, subscriber mailing list, social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), KIPA websites, and facilitate liaison through emails. I work closely with the KIPA communications team, executive board, and other KI offices to make sure that information transfers smoothly to the KIPA community. I am also the person replying to your emails when you reach out to KIPA.''
Natassia RobinsonSocial Media Coordinator
I research the relationships between environmental and genetic/epigenetic factors in development of diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Natassia: "I started my postdoc in the department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2020 and began volunteering with KIPA shortly after. I was elected KIPA VC for Community building in 2022 and have been a member of the KIPA communications team since 2023."
Tamoghna MandalWebsite Manager
My research encompasses Immune checkpoint inhibition mechanisms and other phenomenons in cancer that corresponds with treatment like plasticity, relapse, drug sensitivity.
Tamoghna: "I am a postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Oncology Pathology since April 2021. My research is understand Immune checkpoint inhibition and interferon response when proteome interacts with different small molecules with CETSA. I was working on stem cells, plasticity and nanopartcle mediated drug delivery before i joined this position. As part of the communications team at KIPA, I manage external KIPA website, and help other communication and awareness related tasks with Hazel and Natassia. I was the KIPA secretary for 2022."
My research combines different genomic approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying lung function across the lifespan and asthma.
Natalia: ''I am a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Science and Education (Södersjukhuset) since June 2021. My major interest is the study of genetic factors of complex human traits. My current work is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying different asthma-related traits through the combination of genomics and proteomics. I also investigate the genetic determinants of lung function from birth to adulthood by the construction of polygenic risk scores. My role as secretary is to assist the Chair and Vice-Chairs and to take care of organizational matters."
Mariano: "I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Neuroscience since March 2021. My research focuses on how multisensory integration originates the sense of body ownership. I joined KIPA in January 2023 and my role as treasurer is to ensure KIPA remains financially responsible."
KIPA alumni experience
Tanja Bhuiyan, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Postdoctoral Scientist in Germany:
“The postdoctoral period is a time during which we can shape our careers, create networks, and choose a direction to take afterwards. What has really motivated me to join KIPA, however, was the prospect to improve the poor working conditions of many postdocs at KI. In my opinion, developing a career is easier when employment conditions are less precarious. At KIPA, I have met like-minded postdocs who really want to make a difference. It was very rewarding to see that my contributions at KIPA have also improved postdoc life, e.g. by co-organizing career development events or by advocating postdoctoral interests.”
Ben Libberton, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Science Communicator:
“KIPA really helped me to develop transferable skills and realise the skills that I already had which could be applied outside of academia. Through interacting with other members and attending events I discovered a whole world beyond the postdoc, both inside and outside of academia that I'd never seen before. It was such a pleasure to meet people from different scientific disciplines who were driven and motivated and it always inspired me to think and to do things differently.”
Katy Lloyd, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Exploratory Research Scientist in a company:
“I really enjoyed my time with KIPA. It was not only a chance to meet with a group of like-minded people, but also gave me the opportunity to contribute to the postdoc society. I joined in efforts to document and report on the conditions facing postdocs across Europe, as part of the European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA). Although this work is still continuing, it felt great being part of something bigger than myself, which will hopefully help shape the environment for postdocs for years to come. I got to improve on my time management, communication and writing skills, and it has given me the confidence to apply for a staff representative role in my new position.”
Anil Sharma, previously, postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Data Scientist in a company:
“I had been active in the PhD student organisation at my old university, so I knew how important such organisations can be - both professionally and socially. So when I came to KI for my postdoc, I was glad to be welcomed by the relatively newly formed KIPA. I made some good friends and was able to help investigate and highlight the poor housing situation for postdocs at KI. KIPA also helped me tremendously by organising professional development activities, which in no small part helped me transition from academia to a fantastic job in industry.”
Jenny Svärd, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA chairperson; currently, Consultant:
“Becoming involved in KIPA was a very positive experience in many ways. Being the chair of KIPA gave me the opportunity to understand more the structure and processes at KI, and I expanded my professional network when interacting both with individuals internally at KI and externally. I also developed my problem solving skills. Furthermore, it was of course very rewarding to work with extremely talented fellow postdocs and make progress in postdoc-related issues!“
Eleni Kopsida, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA secretary; currently Analyst in a consulting firm:
"I regard my involvement with the KI Postdoc Association as one of the most useful and fulfilling experiences in my academic career. By being actively involved I got the chance to meet and work with like-minded people towards improving the postdoc experience at KI, both in terms of working conditions as well as in terms of career and networking opportunities. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the structure of KI and I had the chance to expand my transferable skills, including organisational and problem-solving skills.”
Enlisted are all KIPA members that have been active in the year 2023:
Chiara Tremolanti, Antero Silva, Arun Selvam, Luis Roxo, Martyna Lukoseviciute, Miriam Scarpa, Suzanne Ruhe-van der Werff, Constance Boissin, Laura Palma Medina, Anandi Narayana Moorth, Jan Schlegel, Max Kleijberg, Elga Bernardo Bandeira De Melo, Bianca Jütte, Jens Karlsson, Francesco Righetti, Elisa Raineri
Former active members
Andrea del Valle (former chair), Lenka Belicova (former vice-chair), Xavier Job (former treasurer), Marta Baroncelli, Katharina Klöditz, Kimmo Kartasalo, Hrishikesh Das, Giuseppe Santopolo, Su Wang, Edit Szodorai, Monika Plescher, Laura Romero Castillo, Rafael Ceña Diez, Sonia Youhanna, Marta Baroncelli, Marina Garcia, Alessondra Speidel, Katarina Tiklova, Raquel Vaz, Marit Melssen, Xiaofei Li, Ana Maria Vaz Portugal Da Silva, Afrouz Abbaspour, Marcel Tarbier, Sonia Youhanna, Genís Valentin Gesé, Heather Iriye, Marcel Tarbier, Victoria Vassen, Max Hauser, Katharina Klöditz, Laura Crucianelli, Jeroen de Bont, Lola Boutin, Sally Abdelmoaty (former secretary), Don Cameron (former vice-chair), Imran Ali, Hasna Baloui, Loretxu Bergouignan, Alessandro Bosco (former vice-chair), Madeleen Bosma (former vice-chair), Tanja Bhuiyan (former Swedish Postdoc Association Network coordinator), Lorenza Capantini, Christopher Cederroth, Franziska Curdt, Hiske van Duinen (former chair), Enric Domenech-Estevez, Daniel Ferreira, Benjamin Garzon, Dominika Hrossova, Nina Jensen, Anna-Maria Katsouri (former secretary), Guruswamy Karnam, Pedram Kharaziha, Narsis Kiani, Eleni Kopsida (former chair and former secretary), Kyriaki Liadaki, Mónica Pérez Manso, Shiva Mansouri, Anna Mourskaia (former professional relations and communication executive), Marjon Navis, Sushrusha Nayak, Ananta Paine, Ljubica Perisic, Erik Pettersson, Catherine Preston (former treasurer), Milica Putnik, Kathryn Rees, Kathrin Reiser, Shanie Saghafian-Hedengren, Nadine Schweizer, Michelle De Silva Riberio, Shireen Sindi, Giada Spigolon, Daniela Strodthoff, Jenny Svärd (former chair and former secretary), Ali Mustafa Tabish, Siew Kian Tai, Saskia Thomas and Janne Turunen.